On 17th June Fairtrade supporters joined with Climate Coalition partners (including Christian Aid, Greenpeace, Oxfam and WWF) to lobby their MP’s for more action to combat climate change. The mass lobby took place at the Houses of Parliament in London.
The goal of the coalition is 100% clean, safe energy by 2050, to protect both people and nature.
The world’s poorest communities are the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, unable to afford adaptation strategies. They are also the least to blame for the change in climate caused by rising CO2 emissions.
The benefits Fairtrade has brought to smallholder farmers and poor communities across the globe could be lost because of the changing climate. Farmers in developing countries are already experiencing the detrimental effects of a changing climate leading to lower crop yields.
Constituents told their MP’s to:
Make it clean – we need to get all out energy from clean sources
Make it fair – support developing countries hardest hit by climate change
Make it work – for the sake of people and the environment – locally, nationally and globally.
The UK can play a pivotal role in obtaining a global climate deal at the UN climate conference in Paris in December, agreeing action to limit the rise in global temperature and delivering climate finance for developing countries.